In a social media post, rockin country artist Morgan Wade made a major (for her) announcement that makes us wanna rewrite the classic Hank Jr tune into “A Country Gal Can Survive”.
On Facebook, Morgan posted: “I’ll go in depth later, but I was diagnosed with the #rad51d gene a while back. In November I’ll undergo a double mastectomy as a preventative. As always appreciate you all “
Info on Rad51d:
Women with a #RAD51D mutation have about a 10-20 percent lifetime risk for ovarian, fallopian tube or primary peritoneal cancer (these three cancers and their risks are related and are often referred to together as ovarian cancer).
Women with a #RAD51D mutation have about a 20-40 percent lifetime risk for breast cancer with a tendency for triple-negative breast cancer.
Morgan Wade joins a long list of inspiring women in country music that prove hardship and health can’t keep a country gal down. Take a look at a few more examples of the unstoppable women of country below, and take a minute to learn more about genetic pre-screening and preventative health at https://www.facingourrisk.org
Patsy Cline, the legendary country music singer, faced a major setback when she was involved in a severe car accident in 1961. The accident left her with multiple injuries, including a dislocated hip and a nearly fatal head injury. Despite a long and difficult recovery process, Cline’s determination and talent propelled her to even greater success. She went on to become one of the most influential voices in country music, known for timeless hits like “Crazy” and “Walkin’ After Midnight.”
Jo Dee Messina, a contemporary country singer, battled serious health issues during her career. In 2007, she was diagnosed with cancer (a malignant tumor in her breast) and underwent treatment. Despite the physical and emotional toll of her illness, Messina continued to perform and inspire her fans with her music. Her resilience and strength led her to overcome the disease and make a successful comeback, continuing to produce heartfelt songs such as “Bye Bye” and “Stand Beside Me.”
Reba McEntire, a renowned country music artist, faced a significant challenge in 1991 when her private plane crashed, resulting in the tragic deaths of several of her band members and her tour manager. Additionally, she suffered a broken back in the accident. Despite the emotional and physical toll, McEntire showed incredible resilience and determination to continue her career, becoming one of the most successful country artists of all time.
Dolly Parton, known for her iconic voice and songwriting skills, grew up in poverty in rural Tennessee. She experienced financial hardships and often had to make do with limited resources. However, through sheer talent and unwavering determination, Parton rose above her circumstances to become one of the most beloved and successful country music artists in history. She also established the Imagination Library, a program that promotes childhood literacy and provides free books to children.
Shania Twain, a Canadian country-pop singer, faced various obstacles throughout her life and career. At a young age, she endured the hardships of her parents’ divorce and struggled financially. Later, she encountered personal struggles, including a tumultuous marriage and a battle with dysphonia, a condition that affected her ability to sing. Despite these challenges, Twain made a remarkable comeback and became one of the best-selling female artists in country music, known for hits like “Man! I Feel Like a Woman!” and “You’re Still the One.”
These remarkable women exemplify the resilience and determination required to overcome hardships and health problems, serving as inspirations to countless fans around the world.